In 2008, the Mental Health Parity Act was passed into law, . Today, Bloomberg reports that the final mental health and substance use disorder parity rule was issued, expanding mental health coverage to most insurance plans and ensuring equal treatment for mental health patients. The ruling ensures access to intermediate levels of care for residential treatment and outpatient mental health services and clarifies plan participant disclosure rights, including how deductible and visit limits are not more restrictive for mental health care, in general. It also requires insurers to charge similar co-payments for mental health treatments and services as they would for physical health problems, making it clear that parity applies to all plan standards, including those plans in state insurance marketplaces.
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For more information on the final rule, click DHHS Final Mental Health Parity Rule
The Nebraska Health Policy Academy (HPA) is a competency-based training program designed to strengthen the capacity of state, local, and tribal health leaders and their key partners to understand the health policy process. The Academy uses a hands-on approach grounded in problem solving, decision-making and leadership.
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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) just released the report, Population Health Implications of the Affordable Care Act summarizing the June 2013 workshop, which examined the impact of the Affordable Care Act on population health improvement. The workshop brought together stakeholders from the public and private sectors involved with health and health care delivery. In an effort to move outside of status quo understanding of population health, this report discusses three core issues:
- Supporting fruitful interaction between primary care and public health
- Strengthening governmental public health
- Exploring community action in transforming the conditions that influence the public’s health.
Other IOM reports can be found here.
In the recent study, Establishing a Coalition to Pursue Accountable Care in the Safety Net: A Case Study of the FQHC Urban Health Network, Schoenherr, et al. examined Minnesota’s Federally Qualified Health Center Urban Health Network (FUHN). The advent of its ACO contract and coalition were of particular interest to better understand the context of movement from competition to collaboration in an era of scarce resources across vast areas with significant geographic variation. The researchers found that FUHN participants chose this as an opportunity to show that the FQHC model can provide high-quality, low-cost care through a series of community health hubs.